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2012-11-28 11:21:37

When herbivores such as caterpillars feed, plants may "call for help" by emitting volatiles, which can indirectly help defend the plants. The volatiles recruit parasitoids that infect, consume and kill the herbivores, to the benefit of the plant. However, such induced plant odors can also be detected by other organisms. A new study published November 27 in the open access journal PLOS Biology shows how secondary parasitoids ('hyperparasitoids') can take advantage of these plant signals to...

Europe Being Invaded By The American Oak Skeletonizer Moth
2012-11-19 11:20:18

Naturalis Biodiversity Center The North American Oak Skeletonizer, a very small moth, has invaded North West Europe since 1989, and feeds commonly on planted Northern Red Oaks in the Netherlands, Belgium and adjacent Germany. It is hypothesized that cocoons attached to any material were transported by air, eg by NATO aircraft, after which the moths found their favorite hostplant commonly planted. This is only the second North American insect ever found in Europe on the American Red...

Disappearing Butterfly Mystery Solved
2012-10-21 10:19:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Using radar, researchers have successfully tracked the autumn migration of the painted lady, solving once and for all the mystery of what happened to the butterfly species after it disappeared from the UK at summer's end. While some believed that the colorful species of creature simply died out when the season ended, new research published in the journal Ecography reports they actually flee the UK and head south, migrating...

Monarch Butterfly's Survival Ensured By Trapping Weevils
2012-10-01 16:47:23

Ensuring the monarch butterfly's survival by saving its milkweed habitat could result from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies initially intended to improve detection of boll weevils with pheromone traps. Charles Suh and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas, have found a pheromone formula that is attractive to a major milkweed pest, the milkweed stem weevil. The discovery stems from research...

2012-09-25 06:23:24

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government of Mexico, through the Mexico Tourism Board and the Embassy of Mexico hosted the world premiere of "Flight of the Butterflies" yesterday evening at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. More than 400 guests, in the presence of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, gathered for the IMAX® 3D screening which tells the story of the Monarch Butterfly - one of the great natural mysteries of the world....

2012-09-24 10:22:53

'Flight of the Butterflies in 3D', inspired by the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, to show in theaters worldwide in 2012 and 2013 MEXICO CITY, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico: Every year, the migration of the beautiful Monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico occurs in the fall as they look for warm weather. Inspired by this incredible natural migration that has...

2012-09-19 23:01:20

Dorothy and Leo Keeler are wildlife photographers and founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Their newest project offers creative incentives to help restore monarch butterflies across North America. The Milkweed for Monarchs Butterfly Garden Project is posted on Kickstarter.com and is designed to help restore monarchs by offering creative gifts to people who contribute to their butterfly garden project and are inspired to create Monarch Waystations of...

Guantanamo Bay Has Surprising Biodiversity
2012-09-07 11:04:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of butterflies and moths on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, University of Florida scientists have discovered a vast biodiversity in an area previously unknown to researchers. The study, which appears in the Bulletin of the Allyn Museum, creates a baseline for understanding how different plant and animal species have spread throughout the Caribbean. “Biodiversity studies are extremely important because...

2012-08-31 23:03:40

Magical Butterfly Releases was created to offer clients a memorable way to remember a special occasion. Miami, FL (PRWEB) August 31, 2012 Magical Butterfly Releases was created to offer clients a memorable way to remember a special occasion. This new business will help provide the much needed funding to help A Safe Haven for Newborns. Enhance any celebration with a live butterfly release. Releasing live butterflies is an indescribably memorable experience. Their shimmering beauty and...

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2012-08-20 18:57:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change scientists from around the world have turned to everything from satellite imaging to the latest supercomputers in their investigations, but researchers from Harvard University have gathered data from a less traditional source for their latest study–the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. According to the scientists´ analysis of the amateur nature group´s almost 20,000 expedition accounts, climate change could...


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Black Stream Glider, Neurothemis fulvia
2013-07-25 14:24:03

The black stream glider (Neurothemis fulvia) is a species of dragonfly that is native to India and neighboring areas. It is typically found near forested areas with slow moving streams and canals. It can be seen perching on many objects within these areas like aquatic plants, and boulders. The black stream glider is medium in size, with males holding an average abdomen length of up to 1.1 inches and females holding an abdomen that reaches a length of up to .9 inches. Both males and females...

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2009-04-28 21:04:39

The Plutella xylostella is often referred to as the Diamondback or Cabbage moth. This species is has a brief lifespan of only 14 days and is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region of Europe, but has since dispersed across the world. This species is capable of reproducing quickly and can travel great distances. Diamondback are considered serious pests in warmer climates when the absence of a harsh winter prevents their eggs from being destroyed. The moths are resistant to...

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2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult moth is only 4-5 days and they are capable of reproduction from day 1. Their cocoons are uniquely...

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2009-04-28 20:58:59

The Agrotis infusa or Bogong moth is a species of nocturnal moth that in spring will swarm in great numbers around public buildings in Canberra, Australia. They are commonly found in Southern parts of Australia featuring a wingspan of one and three quarters inches and are brown or black in color with stout bodies covered with long thick scales. Larvae are often called cutworms and feed on a variety of plants of which they "cut" pieces and carry them back to their burrows for food. Adult...

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2008-08-06 17:51:14

The Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia), also known as the Eyed Tiger Moth, is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is distributed throughout the southern and eastern United States from New England to Mexico. This species has a wingspan of 3 inches. The wings are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some hollow and some solid. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings. The male has a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white bands. Adult moths...

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